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Ground crew of the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, test the radio equipment of P-47 Thunderbolt (HV-S, serial number 42-28382), known as "Ole Cock III", at Boxted air base. November 1944.



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • 42-28382 Ole Cock III

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    To 9th AF 405 FG 509 FS as G9-K "Wooooooooooooo" pilot Lt. Eskie Wright.


  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:22:59 AAM AAM ingest

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